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Inconsistent leadership undermining safety of maternity services, says CQC

Inconsistent leadership and poor teamworking, lack of risk oversight and a failure to engage with women’s needs are among the issues continuing to affect the safety of some hospital maternity services, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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Troubled trust appoints new CEO

A mental health trust has appointed a permanent chief executive after a previous candidate withdrew his application for the role following an inquiry into his qualifications.

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Flagship public-private alliance faces major delays and row over ‘power and money’

A £440m community services contract was due to be handed over to a new provider alliance this month, but the partners have failed to agree contractual terms and predicted it could take a further 18 months to do so.

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Hospital and primary care leaders at odds over ICS boundary changes

Primary care leaders in Essex and Suffolk are at loggerheads with some of their acute counterparts over proposals which would make integrated care systems coterminous with the county council boundaries.

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Troubled trust names interim after appointed chief withdraws application

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive after its previous candidate was forced to withdraw his application in March after an inquiry about his qualifications.

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Revealed: The seven trusts getting £6m each for tech improvements

Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.

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Trust chiefs complain to Hancock over his ‘restructure on a whim’

Trust chief executives and a senior Tory MP have contacted Matt Hancock to object to plans to redraw NHS boundaries, which are understood to be driven personally by him, HSJ has learned.

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NHS partners with Virgin to bag £440m contract

An alliance comprising private firm Virgin and local NHS providers has bagged a £440m contract for community services currently run by a social enterprise.

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Watchdog forced to hand over NHS staff names in safety failure cases

A national safety watchdog has been forced to release almost 100 pieces of evidence, including from NHS staff, after being ordered to by courts.

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Improving digital communication with patients

How can digital communication with patients help transform outpatient services?

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Stevens condemns videoing of ‘empty’ hospitals

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has launched a blistering attack on people who post videos of ‘empty’ hospitals online claiming they show the NHS is not under pressure from covid.

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MP says hospital merger has ‘disadvantaged’ town

Colchester hospital has been chosen over Ipswich to host a new £44m elective orthopaedic centre, prompting East Suffolk politicians to allege their local provider has deteriorated since the two hospitals merged and urging a re-think.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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Exclusive: Most NHS computers running decade-old version of Windows

The NHS has been given another 11 months of support for a decade-old version of Microsoft Windows, while about half of its computers are still running the softfware, HSJ can reveal.

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Virtual workers predicted to save FT £2.1m in first year

Intelligent automation has saved a foundation trust 27,000 hours of staff time since it was launched in July last year.

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Large trust’s financial slide puts £26m funding in jeopardy

One of East Anglia’s largest acute providers could miss out on £26m of funding after its finances deteriorated in the first quarter of 2019-20, the trust’s finance bosses have warned.

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‘About that bus…?’: Not just Kent – The troubled health economies facing a no-deal jam

Welcome to the ‘About that bus…?’ weekly newsletter – giving you the inside track on how the fallout from Brexit is affecting the NHS at national and local level, edited by James Illman Contact me in confidence.

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Major trust proposes ‘referral only’ emergency care service for walk-in patients

Walk-in patients will be unable to access emergency care at a major hospital trust without a referral from a colocated urgent treatment centre, its chief executive has told HSJ.

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NHS chiefs 'must call out racists and homophobes'

Three leading NHS trust chief executives have called on their peers to directly challenge communities whose racist and homophobic views often lead to the abuse of NHS staff.

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Two execs step down as mega-merger trusts rebrand

Two members of the board overseeing the merger of three are stepping down from their leadership positions.